Looking into getting into one of these bikes. I know everyone raves about the Honzo, but it’s only a 29er. I test rode a 2019 timberjack last weekend and it felt huge. The big Honzo is a little out of my price range.
Why not a Santa Cruz Chameleon? Better fork for the money and lighter. I don’t get all the hype Salsa gets. Generally not a lot of bike for the money and I know three people who have broken their chainstays.
I’m a huge fan of 29+. Any bike with 2.6-2.8in tires on i30-35mm (i=inner width) rims is what I look for first. There’s a reason the lastest generation of Enduro bikes come with 29×2.6 tires and that’s because the combination of huge rollover with a wide high-volume tire makes the bike more capable when the going gets rough. The 29+ hardtail is the closest you’ll get to full-suspension without having full-suspension. The tall wide wheels might feel huge when you first start riding but after about a week, bikes with smaller narrower wheels feel too small. Go 29+! Test ride the 29+ Salsa Timberjack that comes with 29×2.6 tires.
Have the Honzo, really like the Honzo. Excellent aggressive “trail” geometry. I have tried + size tires, not my thing. Maybe somewhere other then Southern California is the intended application though for that though.
was going to buy the karate monkey until i found a really good used deal, but the new 2019 KM looks dope as fuck. the new standard specced fork is a RS Sektor 140mm, which definitely puts it into the “rowdy” hardtail category. if i were to buy a new hardtail, i’d go with the KM for the singlespeed dropouts and several other mounts in various places on the frame.